Intense wrote:Sorry to criticize and to spoil the fun but these routines being posted are not the types of workouts Dr. Tabata prescribed. 1 4 minute set balls to the wall with an exercise that should be challenging enough to make you fail and to have you on the ground gasping for breath...Olympic athletes testing this fell to the floor unable to do anything else after 4-5 minutes so when i see 10-20 minute "Tabata" routines i get skeptical.
If you want to extend the routine simply do a true 4 minute tabata set with a hard exercise. I suggest sprinting(hardest) or punch out drills. After that jog around skip rope and just do things for 10 more minutes....but please don't call what you do after the first 4 minutes tabata.
I think this is a timely reminder of the idea behind a tabata interval - it is doing something flat out, with limited rest, so that you are absolutely spent at the end of. So trying to do 2 sets of tabata intervals of burpees one after another would be, I think, self defeating in terms of complying with the theory of tabata - but I am sure a lot of people would say it was still an insane workout and well worth doing. I do not think it is
as worth doing for me, which is why I have tried to choose very different exercises that complement each other and the systems they use (with minimal overlap) so that a continuous tabata interval effect can be achieved that is more in line with the original principle of a 4 minute flat out interval. So by the time I am onto the last exercise of 4, the heavy bag 1-2s, I am recovered enough, after 8 minutes of other exercises, to be able to go at it again in a vigourous anerobic way, though I agree that I will not be as fresh if I just did 4 mins on the heavy bag. Perhaps the most important thing is that people train with, as Ross said, intensity, and if you use tabatas well, then by default it should be intense. I think another thing is that as hard as 4 minutes can be of burpees, some people on this forum for sure are conditioned enough to be able to perform to such a high standard and then, with minimal rest, go hard at something else, though I do not claim to necessarily be one of them ;-) The idea I guess I am thinking of here is that 4 minutes of exercise does not seem enough, even though tabatas are wonderful, if I am capable of more, then I feel I ought to do more, 4 minutes of exercise will not take me to the next level.